Jonah loves to be in character and he did a great job during the visit. He and these two-toed sloths got along great.
|We got to go to the nursery and see some of the babies. The most interesting |
thing was when the guide pulled back the hair of the sloth so we could see it's ear.
It was a lot like a mix of a mouse and a human, soft and pink, fairly large, and fleshy.
|The Sanctuary is place where they rescue injured|
sloths. This three fingered lost an arm from a
|Sloths live about 30 years. This baby sloth,|
Buttercup, started this family in the sloth saving
business 18 years prior. (above w/Tessa, and below)
Tessa, "We went to the sloth sanctuary it had a sloth that was taking it's bathroom break!!! We saw five sloths then the babies. I saw it's ear!!! We went on a boat, we saw three sloths, monkeys, and birds. A monkey even pooped! We saw Buttercup and I love her!!!"
After our time with the sloths we hoped on a little boat and a guide took us through some river channels. The jungle is a beautiful and foreboding place. At the very beginning he took us over by the edge of the river along some dense grass that was about three feet tall. I felt so pleased with myself because I had actually spotted a sloth in the wild (they are masters of camouflage and extremely difficult to see) and we were all looking up at it. The guide then directed our attention to the grass immediately below us where a five foot caiman (related to alligators and crocodiles) was hidden. Yikes! That's what is creepy about the jungle, you can be right on top of something and not know it is there. Once he saw we spotted him he lurked down and disappeared among the plants and water. As we continued we saw lots of birds, baby caiman, bats, and a large troop of howler monkeys. We knew there were howlers around because their howl is crazy, eerie, and distinct. It woke us up our first morning on the Caribbean about five am. They use the sounds of the howlers as the roars for the T-Rex in the Jurassic park movies and with good reason. To us it sounded like some crazed group of wild wolves. The other funny thing about howler monkeys is they have a nasty habit of throwing their poo at whatever is below them that they don't like. We didn't believe it until we heard a splash and saw a distinctly deficated clouded patch of water just five feet from our boat. Time to move on, time to get going.
|We spotted this sloth in a palm tree at our|
favorite beach, Punta Uva.
While we were there it climbed down and moved to the next tree. Whole trip about 45 minutes.
|A two fingered enjoying a snack.|
I went to go up our stairs one evening and just about fell back down them when I opened the door to find this frog staring at me with his giant round eyes. Finally, we'd found a red eyed tree frog! He leapt right onto my face, gratefully I still had glasses and then he hopped onto each of the girls. His long skinny legs could give him quite the force and accuracy.
|A cool moth, looked exactly like a leaf!|
|Leaf-cutter ants seem to never tire of marching back and forth|
with good sized leafy chunks, and we never tire of seeing them.